The 2021 NC NOW State Conference includes two panels, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday morning. More detailed information on panelists is in the conference program.
The keynote speaker for North Carolina NOW’s 2021 virtual state conference will be state Representative Julie von Haefen who represents state House District 36 in Wake County. Serving her second term in the legislature, Rep. von Haefen has emerged as a strong advocate for women and education.
This was a slow week at the legislature following a week of frantic activity last week to pass bills to meet the crossover deadline. The main action is taking place behind closed doors and concerns the budget. Most of the good bills we have been following, with the exception of those that include an appropriation, are dead for this session. However, the two bad abortion bills are very much alive and need your attention and action. For more information about these bills and how to take action to oppose them, see https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2021/05/19/north-carolina-now-legislative-update-16-17-may-2021/
There was a lot of frantic activity at the legislature this week because Thursday was the crossover deadline. A bill must pass either the House or the Senate before the crossover deadline to remain alive. There are exceptions, most notably appropriations bills (any bill that contains an appropriation), but generally this rule holds true. The two very bad abortion bills are still alive and a handful of good bills made the deadline.
North Carolina has a Black maternal health crisis in as well as gaps in reproductive health care that was further exposed during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 30th out of the 50 states. Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women. The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising. North Carolina NOW supports the passage of the North Carolina Momnibus Act (SB632/HB 507) that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. Here is an action for you to take to push our representatives to end the Black maternal health crisis NOW!